Single Slots – GORILLAZ return with Saturnz Barz

Gorillaz are back! 2D, Murdoc, Noodle and Russel are back on our screens with a brand new music video – Saturnz Barz, the funniest, strangest and absolutely the most creative music video of the past…five, ten years? Easily since we got Shaun Ryder’s disembodied head in an animated teenager’s bedroom.

Join the gang as they arrive at a ‘Spirit House’, with the simple intention of stopping over for the evening, only to find themselves haunted by a series of mutant misfits with tentacles and a demon refrigerator. It happens to the best of us.





Matched up with a seriously inventive, atmospheric, cosmic track co-starring Popcaan (one of the new kids on the reggae block) this a seriously well-standing foundation for Gorillaz’ fourth assault on the music world. It deserves its place in the charts as much as the video deserves awards.

Hopelessly nostalgic for the old days of Hannah Barbara, the video proves to be a good bit of silly, spooky and slightly psychedelic fun that only Jamie Hewlett, Cara Speller and Passion Pictures can provide.

Everything here is polished and prime, making use of everything the Gorillaz crew have – great voice actors, great animators, great designers and – perhaps most importantly – an enormously talented group of musicians. (Who don’t mind being attacked by weird monsters.)

This is not only a hallmark for what Gorillaz can achieve, but for what a really fucking good music video can achieve. It may not be full of spiritual imagery, elegance or protest pieces like the age of Demon Days, but is an inimitable,  truly disorientating spectacle of bizarre, animated caper. It also has spooky pizza, and that’s basically the best kind.




The entire album is promising – through the premiere of other tracks on radio and youtube tonight – to be a real club crowd-pleaser. This is one of the most hotly anticipated records of the year, and if the creative guns are going to be blazing like Saturnz Barz, we think there’s going to be a lot to look forward to.

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